Today, May 1, marks the cutoff date for the Transfer Portal for the 2022 academic year. Student-athletes are allowed to enter the portal any day of the year. However, for all players of fall and winter sports wishing to take advantage of the NCAA’s one-time transfer exception, they must have their written request to enter the transfer portal in by May 1 if they want to participate this fall. Anyone not entering today or sooner won’t be eligible for the 2022 season, pending a waiver. They don’t have to announce a destination. They just need to hand in their paperwork.
Failure to adhere to this rule will result in a person having to sit out a year in-residence at their new school, which counts as one of their five seasons of eligibility.
Compliance offices have two business days to put that information into the transfer portal. Thus, anyone entering this weekend may not be announced until Tuesday.
The deadline to transfer within the SEC already passed back on February 1. New Alabama players Jermaine Burton (Georgia) and Tyler Steen (Vanderbilt) entered the portal in January.
The portal reopens Aug. 1, which is the start of the 2022-23 academic year.
BAMA SCHOLARSHIP COUNT
By our count, Alabama has a roster count of either 87 or 88 players on scholarship, depending on one special case.
|32||LB||Will Anderson Jr.||Jr.|
|42||DL||Damon Payne Jr.||R-Fr.|
|49||OL||Emil Ekiyor Jr.||R-Sr.|
|52||DL||Anquin Barnes Jr.||R-Fr.|
|54||OL||Terrence Ferguson II||R-Fr.|
|57||OL||Damieon George Jr.||Jr.|
|72||DL||Tim Keenan III||R-Fr.|
|78||DB||Earl Little Jr.||Fr.|
|87||WR||Tyler Harrell||5th Yr.|
RS-Fr. DB Kaine Williams and RS-Sr. DL Stephon Wynn have both entered the portal but are still listed on the rolltide.com roster as of press time. They are not counted above.
The special case comes in the form of RS-sophomore punter James Burnip. It is unknown whether he is a walk-on or on scholarship. Before joining the Tide, he had an offer from Ole Miss which should lead to believe that Alabama matched that offer. Furthermore, it would also be assumed that senior punter/kicker Jack Martin is also on walk-on status. These two are not included in the above count either.
The maximum 85 spots allowed by the NCAA has to be met by August 1.